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For release: August 2, 1995

Mary M. Spracher
(804) 864-6527

Keith Henry
(804)864-6120/4

RELEASE NO. 95-74

BOEING SELECTED TO NEGOTIATE FOR AERONAUTICS CONTRACT

NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., has selected Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Seattle, Wash., for negotiation of a $24 million contract in support of the Advanced Composites Technology program.

Under the contract, Boeing will design, analyze, fabricate and verify large composite fuselage structures for a commercial transport aircraft. The work is to be conducted at Boeing's Seattle plant from 1995 to 2000.

The major goals of the contract are to verify innovative new fuselage technology through design, fabrication and testing of structural elements, sub-components and full-scale side panel components.

NASA has been developing composite primary fuselage structures under the Advanced Composites Technology program which began in 1989. The Boeing contract results are expected to provide the initial technical data for the potential application of composite fuselage structures in 21st century commercial transport aircraft.

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